We are proud to include Saul Alvarez, Rick Cantu, Jim Capone & Steve Parke as our special Friday instructors. More to be added – stay tuned!
Saul Alvarez is a professional painter and has been building/painting model kits for over 20 years including hundreds of commissions.
In the past, he has written for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine and Kitbuilders Magazine. Saul also painted life-sized dinosaurs for a company that provided them to museums. He has conducted numerous demos at hobby shows and won many contest awards at Wonderfest, Chiller, etc., including gold and first place awards.
Rick Cantu is a writer for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine in the US and Game Forces magazine in Spain. He has competed and won numerous contest awards at Wonderfest, Imaginenation, and IPMS shows, including Gold, First place and several Best of Show figure awards. Rick has been modeling/ painting for close to 30 years, starting out with gaming miniatures and progressing into garage kits. Rick creates paint master copies for several companies for use in creating the pre-painted statues you find in many hobby shops and online.
Jim Capone has written for Kitbuilders Magazine and Modeler’s Resource Magazine. He has painted award winning buildups, and is a full-time art teacher. Those who have seen his jaw dropping work know how lucky we are to have him.
Steve Parke is a writer for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine and holds down several other self employed jobs. He works in the music industry with artists like Prince (13 years) , David Bowie, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, The Grateful Dead, Victor Wooten and Bob Dylan. In 2001 he produced his first Graphic Novel with Vertigo comics and has since done another and a children’s book with Houghten Mifflen. His retouch skills have been employed for the DVD releases of Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Rome and other movies and TV series you’ve never heard of.
Steve’s portrait photography has appeared in such magazines as Time, Style, Vogue, Pulse, Guitar Player, Bass Player, and Musician. He was also a contributing writer for MacAddict Magazine. Last year his photographic fine art hung in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Spring of 2012 will see the release of his book project, Medusa’s Daughter, which will be released in both a graphic novel and prose novel format. His other job is raising a really cool kid.